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A Snowdonia tourism partnership today announces its plans to find Snowdonia’s best writer.

Attractions of Snowdonia will be scouring the region in search of local writing talent who they will appoint as a ‘writer in residence’.

The consortium is urging budding wordsmiths to enter in no more than 500 words with a short story, poem, essay or any other form of writing inspired on their experiences at one of the many attractions in Snowdonia.

Some of the consortium’s members will make up the judging panel, which will include former quarrying village Nant Gwrtheyrn where visitors will discover the legends and history that Wales can offer and the National Slate Museum, which is housed in the Industrial Victorian Workshops that once serviced and maintained the Dinorwig slate quarry above it. Also judging will be Bangor University and Gwynedd Council.

The lucky winner will get an access all areas ticket to explore the 26 visitor attractions for the whole of 2014. They will have the ‘key’ to a range of adventures frommuseums and stunning gardens to action-packed adventure days, where they will talk to tourists and locals alike to unearth the ‘real’ Snowdonia.

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Silent State image WNOCreative International is a major celebration of Wrexham’s cultural activities and events which will take place across the county between 11 April and 17 May 2014.

With the details of events for this year’s programme still coming in, it looks as though it will be at least double the size of last year’s celebration of Wrexham’s cultural community, offering over 50 events across the county.

The programme is proud to include FOCUS Wales. This high-profile event gets bigger and better and draws an audience from across the UK. Additionally, the programme offers incredible jazz, eclectic exhibitions, exciting dance, wonderful popular music and amazing pop-up events that will happen, unannounced, around the town centre during the festival period. ONE THIRD of the festival events will be FREE so everyone can try something new this year.

Creative International events will be inside and outdoors; they will be big and small; local and national. Welsh National Opera invite you to join them for “Silent State”, an exciting new event format: the roaming theatre game; NEW Dance will be popping up to delight you, in shops and open spaces around the town centre; Grove Park Theatre will be presenting the wonderful “Jungle Book” – a perennial, family favourite and if you want a quiet sit down and chat with your knitting, well, you can do that, too!

Make sure you visit Creative International’s website to see what’s on

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TV celebrity Jessica Wright is spearheading the search for a new star in North Wales.

Tabloid favourite Jessica, who shot to fame on the popular reality show The Only Way is Essex (TOWIE), will be on the judging panel for an exciting  new talent show. Auditions for The Only Way is Wrexham will get underway at the Stiwt Theatre in Rhos, near Wrexham, at noon on Sunday, April 6. Contestants who are unable to attend in person can up-load audition tapes to the theatre’s facebook page. The competiton is open to performers of any age or experience.

The Only Way Is Wrexham is being produced by Lee Kelly, of Liverpool-based LHK Productions, who has worked with some of the biggest names in showbiz, including  Kylie Minogue, Boy George,Claire Sweeney Atomic Kitten, According to Lee, he is looking for the next big star to come out of the North Wales region. He said: “We are looking for comedians, singers, dancers, specialty acts, it doesn’t matter, we just want people who believe they have a talent to get on the Stiwt stage and show the world just how good they are.

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ALAN MCGEELegendary record label boss, band manager and svengali ALAN MCGEE, will be appearing in conversation as part of this year’s FOCUS Wales two day Interactive sessions.

McGee is best known for co-forming and running the independent Creation Records label (Oasis, Primal Scream, Super Furry Animals) from 1983–1999, and then Poptones from 1999-2007. He has managed and championed successful acts such as The Jesus and Mary Chain, Primal Scream, My Bloody Valentine, Oasis, and The Libertines.

He now lives in rural Wales and has started 359 records, a new venture incorporating a stock of brand new artists.

As a keynote speaker at FOCUS Wales, in a live interview on Thursday 24th April at 4pm. He will discuss his life & career and his latest book on the true story of Creation Records.

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